debates are more like speeches and townhalls are more like informal discussions. McCain is terrible at speeches, he looks stiff, he sounds like he doesn't even believe himself and gives goofy facial expressions. Obama is a natural at delivering a speech and answer to debate questions. McCain is more relaxed and at ease talking face to face with a group of people. I don't think Obama would be bad by any means, but he doesn't want to cede his advantage of polish and delivery in the debates.
also asking for more debates or townhalls or whatever is the stereotypical tactic of an underdog.
Also, it's a bit hard to screen those asking the questions. A campaign can plant audience members to ask particular questions that focus more on their candiates strengths (campaigns are not adverse to using this tactic).
I'm not opposed to townhalls, but I do tend to prefer the debate format. Leave the townhall for individual campaigns that don't require opposing candidates to attend. They're really more of a rally anyhow.
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obama is in a state of denial and he rejects everything real and factual. And i cant wait for this country to be runned by nancy pelosi, harry reid, and barack. Should be fun times.
Yes every candidate does want to play to there advantage but if I could use another sports analogy it would make more sense why I think Obama needs to stand up to his meeting with McCain in a town hall format:
During the baseball playoffs in a 7 game series all games for 1 team are not played at home (for stake of the arguement Obama and debates), they must go on the road to see if they could beat out the candidate in their home (McCain and the town hall).
If Obama supporters are behind him so much and really think he is this great candidate, they need to be the ones to almost force his hand and field the publics questions in the town hall. We must see the real Barack and surround him with questions of Ayer's, and Rev. Wright, and the things he is taking heat for. Otherwise if he doesn't do this it's almost like he is acknowledging the fact that he frequently associated with these men, and frankly in my eyes he comes out as a p*ss* for avoiding McCain.
Last edited by ink; 07-25-2008 at 10:48 PM.
Funny how no one wants to talk about the thread topic. Is there an allergy to foreign affairs?
If they come to my townhall it will.Originally Posted by ink
I have an obstacle course, a spelling bee....and "name that leader of a tiny unimportant country" in which I show the candidates pictures of obscure foreign leaders nobody cares about.....and ask them to "name that unimportant leader"
Failure to wear a flag pin in any of these events results in an immediate disqualification.
No you don't.At least in a debate, you see how a person responds and reacts to difficult questions.
Modern presidential debates are joint press conferences....and they dumb down their answers to appeal to a mass audience.
But back to the actual thread topic ... interesting that no one wants to talk about foreign affairs. Unless of course, it's talked about in strictly American terms.
Last edited by ink; 07-25-2008 at 11:52 PM.
Classic liberal you just don't want Obama to be asked these important questions, you are readin to much of the New York Times and CNN it's either that or your uneducated on politics for your stance on debates there preplanned questions candidates know what questions are gonna be asked